Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden to Open Thursday During ArtWalk

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - In a press release from the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, the Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden will be opening this Thursday.

As part of both ArtWalk and the CALF Festival, the Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden will have it's grand opening at 6:30 p.m. after the Storybook Parade on Thursday.

Today, workers are at the site installing sculptures, lighting structures and finishing up the landscaping.

The garden will feature sculptures crafted by local artist Steve Neves.  The five sets of sculptures will portray some of the most famous characters illustrated by Garth Williams.  These include Charlotte and Wilbur from "Charlotte's Web", "Stuart Little" in his canoe, and characters from The Little Golden Book "Three Bedtime Stories"-Goldilocks and The Three Bears, The Three Little Kittens Who Lost Their Mittens, and The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf.

The garden will also include an outdoor stage and quotes from the books illustrated by Garth Williams.

According to the press release, Lynn Barnett, executive director of the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, said that the purpose of the garden is to inspire children to read and to celebrate the special role storybooks play in our lives.

The storybook garden is a $700,000 project made possible with grants and donations from businesses, individuals and foundations.  The garden is on the Abilene Convention Center lawn and will be maintained by the city.

The Cultural Affairs Council would like to remind everyone visiting the garden to stay on the path, not climb on the sculptures or the metal structures holding the lights, and to not walk on the new sod and plants. 

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